Sunday, Oct 20, 2019 | Last Update : 08:25 PM IST

North Korea promises to ‘pulverise’ US bases

AFP
Published : Apr 15, 2017, 6:52 am IST
Updated : Apr 15, 2017, 6:54 am IST

Earlier on Friday China’s foreign minister said a conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”.

A picture released by Korean Central News Agency on Friday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  inspecting the a special forces operation. (Photo: AFP)
 A picture released by Korean Central News Agency on Friday shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting the a special forces operation. (Photo: AFP)

Seoul: North Korea’s Army on Friday vowed a ‘merciless’ response to any US provocation as tensions soar over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme and speculation mounts that it is preparing a fresh weapons test.

Pyongyang’s rogue atomic ambitions have come into sharp focus in recent weeks, with United States President Donald Trump vowing a tough stance against the North and threatening unilateral action if China failed to help curb its neighbour’s nuclear programme.

As hostilities in the region surge Mr Trump has sent an aircraft carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula to press his point, while the North has launched a flurry of rockets.

In a statement on official news agency KCNA, the North’s Korean People’s Army said Mr Trump had “entered the path of open threat and blackmail against the DPRK”.

Citing Washington’s recent missile strike on Syria, the typically bombastic statement boasted that US military bases in South Korea as well as Seoul’s presidential Blue House “would be pulverised within a few minutes”. “The closer such big targets as nuclear powered aircraft carriers come (to the Korean peninsula), the greater would be the effect of merciless strikes,” the statement added.

Earlier on Friday China’s foreign minister said a conflict over North Korea could break out “at any moment”.

Tags: donald trump, nuclear, north korea